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Telling Strings Apart.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by floydbass, Nov 10, 2003.


  1. Is there any way top tell different kinds of strings(Flatwound, Groundwound, Roundwound, ect.)
    Apart, couls someone post pics of strings that shows the differences(if any) between types of strings?
     
  2. Try the FAQ


    What are the differences between flatwound/roundwound strings?
    A string consists of two parts- the core, and the wrap which covers the core. Flatwound and roundwoud strings are comprised of different wraps. The wrap on a flatwound resembles a ribbon. It is flat, and when wound around the strings, gives them a very smooth, continuous feel. Flatwounds are popular for their old-school tone, and lack of finger noise. They are easy on the hands and easy on the frets, due to their smooth surface. They are a favorite of fretless players because they do little to no damage to the unprotected fretboard. The drawbacks are a lack of high end overtones, and a relatively quick note decay time. The wrap on a roundwound string is a round wire, and gives the strings a bumpier, rougher feel. Roundwounds are much brighter-sounding than flatwounds, with more emphasis on the high end. They are great for all-around playing, and with their more modern tone are a good choice for slappers. The drawbacks are that they do not last as long as flatwounds, and can eventually wear down frets and fingerboards, especially on fretless basses. (However, many find that the quintessential fretless sound is that of roundwound strings against a bare fretboard.) They are also not as easy on the hands as flatwounds.

    What are the differences between nickel-wound and stainless steel-wound strings?
    Nickel-wound and stainless steel-wound strings are both types of roundwound strings, with the alloy in their name being the wrap that winds around the string core. Stainless steels are more aggressive, in their tone and their damage. They have a strong, punchy attack, but also can be rough on the fingers and the frets. Nickel strings are more mellow, with a more subdued tone, but are still bright, with plenty of overtones.


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